A suspected burglar was caught breaking into a house Thursday afternoon by a concerned neighbor who called 911.
Police said 36-year-old Brian Hammond used a knife to cut through the screen on bathroom window at the back of a house in the 8000 block of North Chautauqua Boulevard.
Jeff Trittinger lives next door and said he noticed a man standing in his neighbor's backyard.
"Being 6'8'' I have the distinct ability of being able to see over the fence," Trittinger said.
At first Trittinger thought the man was a friend of his neighbor's, but when he realized she wasn't home, he went inside and grabbed the phone. When he returned to his backyard, Trittinger said he could hear the man rummaging around inside the house.
"I could see clearly that the screen to her window was sliced in a downward manner half way," he said. "Her bathroom window was open about 2 or 3 inches."
While Trittinger was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, he saw the man walk out of his neighbor's back door. Trittinger said he confronted the man who then took off running.
Police arrested Hammond as he walked through an alleyway behind the houses. Hammond was charged with burglary and possession of methamphetamine.
The victim of the burglary told FOX 12 the suspect stole some jewelry and a handful of change. Police returned the stolen items to her.
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